Barclays Premier League's Top Goalkeepers - 2010-11 Season
Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper in Premier League history, and this season, it was another Manchester United `keeper that stood out. But that retiring icon wasn't the only goalkeeper worth watching over the course of the 2010-11 campaign. FOX Soccer's Jamie Trecker picks the five best goalkeepers of the season.
Edwin van der Sar, Manchester United
The 40-year-old went out with a bang this season, backstopping United to the Premiership title. An unbelievable shot-stopper, van der Sar is unmatched in his sense of the game, with excellent distribution and an almost unerring sense of positioning. Van Der Sar rarely makes mistakes, and United are going to have a tough time filling his boots.
Petr Cech, Chelsea
Chelsea weren't always solid, but Cech was. The Timex of the Premiership, he’s so reliable, you almost take him for granted. That's partly because he makes it look easy - for years, Cech has taken whatever was thrown at him and parried it right back out. Remains one of the world's best.
Joe Hart, Manchester City
Hart's had a stunning season, first displacing Shay Given at the start of the season, then rising to become England's unquestioned number one. He’s displayed poise beyond his years and is a major reason why City was able to snag a European spot. Hart rarely makes mistakes and is capable of making the big save. A keeper, in every sense of the word.
Ali Al Habsi,, Wigan Athletic
Al Habsi might not be the most obvious choice, but consider this: The Omani played the entire season with virtually no defense in front of him at Wigan. A scorching shot-stopper, Al Habsi spent game after game under siege. His acrobatics gave the Latics a shot to stay up; if they don't, it won’t be his fault.
Pepe Reina, Liverpool
Reina didn't always have the best defenders in front of him this season and nonetheless managed to keep Liverpool in most games by virtue of his sheer athleticism. Reina finally got things organized in front of after Kenny Dalglish's arrival. Long the subject of transfer rumors, Reina now looks set to remain at Anfield.
What do you think?
Are there `keepers in your top five who we've left out? Undoubtedly so. Use the comments to let us know who we've overlooked. Who knows - the quintet picked in the comments may be better that the one we've chosen. Use the poll (below) to tell us who you feel was the best goalkeeper this season, and come back tomorrow, as we look at the five top managers of the season as well as the five biggest flops.